Expository Writing Unit | 5th Grade Lesson Plans | Unit 5


Whew! This unit is JAM PACKED with everything you need to teach Informative writing. This 6-week unit has all the right tools to make teaching expository writing a cinch!



Included in this 5th-grade expository writing unit:

  • 30 Detailed Daily Lesson Plans
  • Interactive Notebook Pages to Glue Into Student’s Writer’s Notebooks
  • Writer’s Workshop Year at a Glance
  • Rubrics for Grading Student Work {Using Standards-Based Grading}
  • Several How To PowerPoints that teach Citing Your Sources, Researching Topics, and MORE!
  • Research Project TEMPLATES
  • Research Project EXAMPLES
  • Management Ideas and Forms!
  • Whole Group and Individual Class Lists
  • Common Core Student Checklists
  • And additional forms

These expository writing unit lessons (listed below) will smoothly integrate into any 5th-grade classroom, helping you teach 5th-grade expository writers who enjoy researching and writing! You do not need to buy all 7 units to implement this in your classroom!

We started this unit last week and I am already blown away by the research my students are doing. You have taken a VERY tough subject to teach and made it fun and practically simple. Some of my students are even taking their information home to read because of the excitement surrounding this unit. Thank you again. I don’t know what I did before your units.
– Martina C.
My students loved this unit. I let them choose a topic and then we went through each lesson to create their essay. I thought the hand out where the students record their findings was a great bonus to this unit. It helped students keep their facts straight and helped when they wrote their works cited page. Great unit!
– Ellie B. – August 1, 2021

Units 1-7 are also available in my store OR bundled!

Unit 1- Back to School Writing in 5th Grade
Unit 2- Narrative Writing in 5th Grade
Unit 3- Opinion Writing in 5th Grade
Unit 4- Writing on Demand in 4th, 5th, & 6th Grade
Unit 5- Informative and Expository Writing in 5th Grade
Unit 6- Poetry Writing in 5th Grade
Unit 7- Writing a Novel in 5th Grade

Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have before purchasing this item! I would be happy to talk with you about it! 

Want to know what I use in my own writing classroom? Click here to check out my favorite classroom writing resources

Kelly Anne 🙂

Expository Writing Lesson Plans Included:

  • Informative Writing Pre Assessment
  • What is Informative Writing?
  • Self Assessing with a Rubric
  • Choosing an Informative Writing Topic
  • Narrowing Down Your Topic
  • Research Your Topic
  • Taking Notes
  • Finding Information in Your Research
  • Taking Notes During Your Research
  • Organizing Your Notes During Research
  • Choosing an Informative Report Style
  • How to Use Your Notes and Getting Organized Page
  • Writing a Thesis Statement and Introduction
  • Using Transitions in Your Informative Writing Piece
  • Using Vocabulary That is Domain Specific
  • Including Definitions in Your Informative Writing
  • Including Quotations in Your Informative Writing
  • Writing a Conclusion for Your Informative Writing
  • Adding a Works Cited Page to Your Writing
  • Reflect on Informative Writing
  • Informative Writing Post Assessment
  • Informative Writing Celebration


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